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Beatty’s back.

After a long hiatus Hollywood lothario Warren Beatty is planning to get back behind & in front of the camera for a new film – he last appeared in a movie back in 2001 (the flop “Town & Country”) and last directed back in 1998 with the political satire “Bulworth”. He is also writing the screenplay & producing.

He is planning the movie with Paramount Pictures who are keeping the details under wraps. Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming has reported today that he has heard that Beatty will play Howard Hughes, apparently it is not a true biopic and part of the plot involves Hughes having an affair with a younger woman in the later years of his life. The subject of Howard Hughes has been a longtime pet project for Beatty. He also reported that Beatty has his eyes on a top ensemble cast and is meeting with Andrew Garfield, Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Shia La Beouf, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood and Rooney Mara. Guess he has to plan his meeting with Annette Bening real hard she must be difficult to get hold of!!!!!  Alec Baldwin’s name on the list  is intriguing, he co-starred in  Martin Scorsese’s  Howard Hughes movie The Aviator, in that film Baldwin played Hughes’ main adversary, Pan Am World Airways founder Juan Trippe. I am sure we will be hearing a lot about the casting and talent to be involved in the film. The movie is expected to go into production later in the year. Beatty & Paramount have not yet made an official announcement regarding the subject or casting.

Beatty (aged 74) won an Oscar for directing the brilliant film “Reds”.

Howard Hughes in 1961 one of the last known photographs of the mogul who died in 1976

Warren Beatty in hunkier times!!

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Oscar dud

All I can say is the Oscars this year were the worst ever – in my own opinion.

The horror of Kirk Douglas feeling up Melissa Leo would have to be the lowest of the low point. Melissa Leo full stop!!!!

So disappointed Annette Bening did not win 😦

Disappointed for Jacki Weaver, happy for Hollywood producers with vision (think beyond the pigeonhole) – Jacki is a great dramatic actress & also a fine comedienne – if Neil Simon was still productive in the film scene she would be a fine Simonesque female lead. I yearn for the Simon years to return, alas it seems that Judd Apatow is amongst us now 😦

Appalled by Hathaway & Franco as Oscar hosts – what were they thinking? The doomsayers were spot on. The whole Oscar show was amateurish!! Imagine having all that money and resources and you get cheap and tacky!

I dreamed a dream – I was watching a smart witty and funny screen comedy starring the combo of Bening & Weaver. Isn’t Hollywood the stuff of dreams? – tell that to the Oscars next year, please no more Oscar nightmare for me.

BTW Melissa Leo – to take out a tacky trade ad promoting oneself and passing it off that women of your age are not getting those magazine covers.This has not happened since the days of Bette Davis – get a reality check. Then to spout out the fuck word for pure sensationalism (in my own opinion) at the Oscars, my you are a classy lady. But you won the Oscar in the age of reality tv and sensationalism – good on ya.

 

 

 

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Oscar Buzz – Best Actress

Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right.

Bening is no stranger to the Oscar  list. She has previously been nominated for “Bugsy”, “American Beauty” and “Being Julia”, all worthy of a win but pipped at the post. This might well be her year. As one half of a lesbian couple who have raised 2 children through a sperm donation. Her uptight role as the controlling half  could easily have been overdone but the elegant Bening pulls back with great restraint. The scene where she finds evidence of a betrayal by her lover is a highlight of the film and sure to be the reason she has a chance at a win – it’s her time I believe.

Jennifer Lawrence for “Winter’s Bone”.

Jennifer Lawrence has arrived with great fanfare into the Oscar race and a bright film future. As a young teenager trying to keep her dirt poor family together in the Ozark mountains she shows guts and determination that is totally believable, blending in with some of the locals cast in supporting roles and commanding the screen from start to finish. A ghoulish scene towards the end of the film is pure Oscar bait. Against her is that she has plenty of other opportunities if this performance is any guide.

Natalie Portman for “Black Swan”.

Natalie Portman is a sure to receive an Oscar nom if you believe the plaudits she has so far received her latest starring role. Playing an ambitious tormented ballerina preparing for a lead role in Swan Lake. Director Darren Aronofsky was responsible for Mickey Rourke’s stunning comeback performance (and Oscar nom) in “The Wrestler” this could be the female counterpart.

Nicole Kidman for “Rabbit Hole”.

Nicole may well be on the nomination list due to the strong reviews for her performance in this film adaptation of the Pulitzer prize winning play.. Playing the mother of a child who is killed in a car accident, she becomes involved with the man responsible. The role earned Cynthia Nixon (Sex & The City) a Tony award win. Let’s hope she is as good as they say – I have doubts but one never knows. She is a favorite on the red carpet so expect her to frock up once again.

Julianne Moore for “The Kids Are All Right”.

As the other half of the lesbian couple mentioned above Moore might fare better in the supporting category. Bening gives the star performance but Moore is pretty good too. Let’s hope they don’t cancel each other out which is usually the case.

Halle Berry for “Frankie & Alice”.

Halle Berry is out to promote and release this film in time for another nomination and possibly a second Oscar after her win for “Monster’s Ball”. The film has been on the shelf for a while but finally picked up a distributor. Berry plays a character with a multiple character disorder  – can Oscar bait be more obvious? Her alter-ego is a white racist! It is based on a true story to add to the mix. She has not appeared on many lists but now with the release in time is sure to gain full momentum.

Diane Lane for “Secretariat”.

Although the film hasn’t done so well at the box office the acclaim for Lane’s performance could see her in the race. She is a previous nominee for the film “Unfaithful”. Will she be as successful as the famed horse her character owns?  We shall see.

Lesley Manville for “Another Year”.

Manville could join the list of director Mike Leigh’s British leading ladies that the Academy love (Brenda Blethyn/Secrets & Lies & Imelda Staunton/Vera Drake). She has been a regular in Leigh films for years. It seems that this performance as an unhappy divorcee (always with a drink in her hand) is gaining the buzz needed for a nomination. Every since the film’s debut at Cannes earlier in the year some pundits have been saying it is the female performance of the year.

OTHERS IN WITH  A CHANCE.

Sally Hawkins – Made In Dagenham.

Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine.

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Ryan & Rocky remake – please no

Tim Curry as Frank N. Furter

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My last post dealt with unoriginality and remakes, this one takes the cake – please don’t let this happen.

Ryan Murphy, the creator of the hit TV series “Glee” (of which Babs is a huge fan), is apparently in line to possibly direct a remake of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. He has dedicated an upcoming Glee episode to the cult musical.

Now I am an admirer of Mr. Murphy when it comes to his TV show incarnations (I am a fan of Nip/Tuck as well). So he is a good show runner/creator.

But he is not such a good director – especially when it comes to the movies.

His film adaptation of Augustine Burrough’s successful novel “Running With Scissors” was a travesty (how can you make Annette Bening act so bad?). “Eat Pray Love” ( another successful novel), although not a flop at the box office, was greeted by a lot of hostile reviews. I personally expected a real dog of a movie, but it wasn’t that bad – just instantly forgettable. He always attracts a cast that is worth checking out and his films have an appealing visual style. It is just his storytelling skills are nil. It is interesting that Baz Luhrmann is interested in directing an episode of Glee – like minds?

He is also slated to direct the film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s AIDs themed play “The Normal Heart” into a film – Mark Ruffalo in the lead role (good casting). The other Babs – Barbra Striesand wanted to direct and star in it many years ago, now I am wishing she had – just to keep Mr Murphy away.

Back to the Rocky Horror remake idea.

There are a lot of reasons to not remake this camp classic, but the only real reason for me is that there is no way in the world that the extraordinary performance of Tim Curry in the role of Franknfurter can ever be topped – and I mean ever!  So just leave it alone.

Mind you the rumoured remake a few years back that was to be directed by Stephan (Priscilla) Elliott was much less desirable, thank god that is not on the drawing board (or should I say slab?) anymore.

By the way, Mr Murphy is also in line to direct the big screen adaptation of the huge hit musical “Wicked” ( he sure is popular), he can have this one – the stage show was so awful surely it can only approve?

A message to Mr Murphy – stick to one thing for a little while – your baby “Glee” is suffering this season, Babs ain’t happy bout that!

 

 

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